With Social Media Advertising, Are People Just Tuning Out?

Companies often believe they can use social media to increase brand awareness and tap into a new customer base. But, as Gallup findings suggest, consumers are highly adept at tuning out brand-related Facebook and Twitter content. These channels do not…

Navy SEALs Recruit Heavily From Seven Sports

Former athletes and the Navy SEALs. To succeed in both the athletic arena and as a SEAL requires toughness—both physical and mental—as well as strength and endurance. In the past few years, the Navy has identified which athletes are most…

Federal Taxes Too High, Say Americans

With the deadline to file 2013 taxes approaching fast, more Americans are now coming face-to-face with just how much they own Uncle Sam. As the U.S. has always had an interesting relationship to taxes, it isn’t surprising that most Americans…

Small Businesses Struggle With Finding New Customers More Than Anything Else [Report]

Gallup and Wells Fargo recently released results from their Q1 2014 Small Business Index. The study found that attracting customers, targeting business opportunities, and finding new business were among the top challenges for small business owners in the U.S. 21%…

Mississippi Still the Fattest State, Shows Poll

Last month a new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed encouraging data suggesting that future generations may be slimmer than the current population of America. Despite the good long-term news, the population of aging Americans…

U.S. Obesity Rate Up Again in 2013

Earlier this week the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new statistics showing that obesity among children ages two to five has dropped significantly over the past decade. This is a positive sign for America’s future health,…

Wyoming, Mississippi Among the Reddest U.S. States

With Americans now more-or-less hating congress, it might seem that U.S. voters could unite around a few common issues, such as a functioning legislative branch. It turns out this isn’t the case, though, as a new poll is showing that…

Americans Now Turning on Their Own Congress Members

It’s been a cliche in American politics for some time that voters think congress is doing a terrible job, yet believe that their own member of congress is working hard in their best interests, as well as those of the…

Percentage of Uninsured Americans is Dropping

Much debate has surrounded the Affordable Care Act (AKA “Obamacare”) since the legislation’s health insurance markets went live late last year. Since that time some encouraging numbers have shown that the program is working, at least a little. In December…

Two-Thirds of Americans Dissatisfied With Wealth Distribution

With the U.S. economy still slow and the wealth gap as large as it has ever been in the U.S., more and more Americans seem to be growing dissatisfied with the way wealth is spread throughout the country. A new…

Majority of Americans Dissatisfied With U.S. Direction

As the American political landscape continues to become more polarized, a large majority of Americans continue to be dissatisfied with the state of things in the U.S. A new Gallup poll released today shows that only 23% of U.S. adults…

A Fairly Ridiculous Amount of People Still Own VCRs

The list of “things that killed the VCR” is pretty lengthy – I mean, just start naming semi-recent technological advancements in the way human beings consume TV and movies and you have your list right there. Digital cable, DVDs, Netflix,…

U.S. is Experiencing an Average Flu Season

The weather is cold across much of the U.S. and the flu season is now nearing its peak. A new poll out this week from Gallup shows that 2.8% of American adults in December reported being sick with the flu…

How Optimistic Are Small Business Owners Going Into 2014?

The rise of the internet has certainly made it easier for small business owners to build and market their livelihoods. However, these opportunities are tempered by the fact that small businesses must work extra hard to stand out in the…

President Obama, Hillary Clinton Most Admired Among Americans

Pope Francis may be Time’s person of the year, but Americans have several other people that they admire more than the Catholic Church’s newest leader. According to a new Gallup poll, Barack Obama is by far the man most admired…

Americans More Wary of “Big Government” Than Ever Before

With the U.S. Congress now seemingly more divided than ever, Americans are getting more suspicious of “big government.” A new Gallup Poll conducted in early December has found that record numbers of Americans now view big government as a bigger…

Nurses Top 2013 Gallup Honesty and Ethics Poll

Americans this year rated Nurses as the most honest and ethical profession. A new Gallup poll released today shows that 82% of U.S. adults rate the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as either “high” or “very high.” The nursing…

Obamacare Disapproval Drops as Website Improves

House Republicans’ government shutdown in October did no favors for a congress that hit new lows in approval this year. However, the botched rollout of the Healthcare.gov website also shifted Americans’ opinions against the very law that Republicans were protesting…

Majority of Americans Now View Tea Party Unfavorably

For around four years now, the Tea Party movement has had a significant effect on U.S. politics. Candidates from the conservative movement have challenged incumbent Republican legislators, and have in some cases won. This has put pressure on the Republican…

Congressional Approval Dropped to a New Low in 2013

Though it seems as though congress has always had low approval ratings, Americans’ views of the legislative branch actually increased throughout the 90s. According to Gallup‘s yearly congressional approval ratings, however, that goodwill took a nosedive after peaking at 56%…